Lately I’ve been doing some cryptographic/X.509 things, which was quite new to me. I was almost overwhelmed by the plethora of terminology when I tried to learn it. I’ve consolidated my learning in this short essay:
It’s written with the intention that someone can quickly get a grasp of the overall picture of these term-heavy X.509/PKI things. It’s written in concise language so as to not isolate the “rest of us” who don’t already grok those acronyms.
If you want a more comprehensive understanding, I can’t recommend the book Understanding PKI enough. It was really helpful and covers everything I needed to know.
There is also RFC 5280 which is the de-facto standard specification on this.
Enjoy! Comments are welcome.